An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


This qualitative study addressed the devastating impacts of war on civilians by giving voice to a Palestinian university instructor who had a life-threatening experience during the Israeli aggressive war on the Gaza Strip in 2014. The data for the study were gathered from two different sources: (i) a narrative written by the instructor shortly after his recovery and (ii) a semi-structured interview conducted with him three years after this harrowing event. In order to explore and theorize the salient themes in the data, we adopted a three-phase grounded theory methodology. The initial coding phase yielded 30 important codes, which were compared and appraised in the focused coding phase, and three core categories could be identified: adversities, adaptive factors, and positive outcomes. Finally, the theoretical coding phase revealed resilience as the best fitting theoretical perspective to interpret the instructor’s lived experiences before, during, and after his miraculous survival. We concluded the study with a discussion of its limitations, significance, and implications.